Category: SOVEREIGN DOMAIN NAMES

Sovereign Domain Names & Domain Name Disputes

Visit Qatar – Saudi Domain Names

BullionVault

Visit Qatar – Saudi Domain Names Marketing Strategies

I have previously written about Sovereign Domain Names and what it means to domain investors wishing to buy and sell domain names that may be trademarked or prohibited by a sovereign state.

Before Buying and Selling Domains that have the name of the country, state, county, town or village make sure they are free from sovereignty.

Not all countries are equal or have the same rule, for instance, one can register and trade a domain name in the UK such as (as UK Domain Brokers or UK Website Designers) or in Wales (Cymru Marketing) but in other countries such as UAE, the rules may be a little trickier.

So it is no surprise that I read today that the domain name www.visitqatar.com (Free Backlink – You’re Welcome) has gone through the mill and the domain investor lost ownership.

What I would have done in the domain investors position is offered my marketing and SEO services which would have been worth more than the domain name itself. After all, with a little know how there is a way to increase or block traffic for any specific domain name that has already been integrated with Search Engines.

Simply forwarding a domain name to an existing site you will just be generating old traffic and capturing it when someone physically types the URL into the search bar. You will not gain any new traffic by this method unless you develop a new site or subfolder and perform SEO.

I would have covered the site with Qatar Affiliate Links which would have proven beneficial to Qatar, would have eliminated all the hard work a marketing agency would have had to do or website designer, and would have shown credibility, that the domain investor was promoting Qatar with his affiliate marketing campaigns. This way the domain investor would have been helping Qatar with their marketing as I am doing now to a certain degree.

I do not know what the site looked like before to actually comment and if the domain investor was merely expecting someone to buy the domain rather than actually work in partnership then there is nothing more to be said.

In order to generate more traffic rather than merely point the domain to the existing site, I personally would build an “SEO Link Wheel” and expand the site to have a subdomain of sub-directory and add more content. I would split the marketing of both domain names, this essentially would then bring in two lots of traffic.

In terms of SEO, a ‘Domain Name’ plays a small part in generating traffic.

It is usually the content that brings in the eyeballs.

As an example, I could have a sub-directory on a website that is already indexed and ranked and has a MOZ domain authority of less than (30), and in the case of anything, I write I create sub-directories. (It is the sub-directory titles that help to generate the traffic as well as the content on the articles I write).

Hence I would not necessarily need the domain name for the keywords “Visit Qatar” to get on the first page of a search engine but more so the sub-directory title of my own website and domain name and I know working my magic I could get traffic. So I would have the domain investors place have negotiated my marketing efforts.

In fact, not so long ago I got someone on the first page of Google without actually having a domain name/website. What I did was create a subdirectory category landing page, performed SEO added the keywords and meta descriptions, and manually uploaded the page to Google Search Console within a matter of days the landing page and the person’s name and business were on the first page.

Sovereign Domain Names.

I do have on my books domain names appertaining to the middle east and it is my SEO and marketing that will make the domains valuable and not the domain names themselves.

As an example I have a subdirectory called Neom Domain Names, it is on the first page of Google for the search terms, in fact, I have two listings. These domain names are not mine, I am simply brokering them, but with no inquiries, this means what I think it means is that the names will be classed as sovereign and no one wants to touch them.

So any business in the UAE could buy the domains or in certain cases acquire them by dispute resolution but the fact remains without SEO and marketing the domain names are worthless even to the powers that be.

If the powers that be can read this then it is worth noting if the person/company that can get the keywords on the first page of search engines successfully using content marketing strategies should be rewarded for their efforts.

Note From The Editor

For me, I can promote the keywords “Visit Qatar” as I am affiliated with “Qatar Airlines”.

It will be interesting if the dot com version of the domain name is visible on search results, which I highly doubt unless another site or subdomain or directory is built and it will be interesting to see how well my content marketing performs. Only time will tell.

**If you think my marketing speaks volumes and I am doing something right, please get in touch with me and I help you to connect the east with the west.

BullionVault

#saudidomainnames #saudiarabiadomainnames #neomdomainnames #seo #contentmarketing #visitqatar

Town & Village Domain Names.

https://www.raczyna.pl and https://www.raczyna.com

I wrote a post a while back about Sovereign Domain Names over Iceland the Country trying to sue Iceland the Grocery Chain in the UK.

However moving on I acquired two domain names from where my mother was born in Rączyna (Raczyna.com & Raczyna.pl) in Poland, which I have since developed.

Now I have in the back of my mind slight anxiety because I know how crazy this country Poland is and I have seen first hand how they demand things, similar to the the Royals in UAE.

Upon doing some research it is apparent that Town & Village Domain Names cannot be trademarked unlike country domain names which in theory cannot be registered as they are part of the sovereign state. Meaning the Country Name alone cannot be registered and has to have a second or third keyword after it eg: ‘UK Domain Brokers’ or ‘UK Website Designers’.

So even though I have recently dropped some ‘Neom’ Keyword domain names I am now feeling slightly apprehensive because the Polish domain names are part of a blog to expand my personal branding and services, but also to teach local farmers about hemp cultivation and CBD products.

So your thinking why I am getting myself into a bit of a pickle is because the village ‘Rączyna’ has most of my family living there and because of an on going family feud I also wanted to let the whole village know what type of people my family are.

I have tried twice to offer an olive branch to make peace and both times was told they were not interested in making amends. So without mentioning their names, the villagers will put two and two together and will know who I am as news travels fast amongst villagers.

I have purposely not mentioned their names but have put the article under ‘Rączyna News’, not only that I plan to write an autobiography to include how they have treated my daughter and I. Basically to cut a long story short my Aunt has scammed her way into taking land that rightfully belonged to my mother. My proposal was that they could have the land as long as they started growing hemp. However my cousin said it was illegal to grow hemp which in the blog I have proved him wrong. I told him if he did not want to work with me I would make sure he would never be able to sell his produce should he changed his mind.

So even if they did not use their real names in applying for investments they would surely be found out once they sign written commission agreements which would require a sworn affidavit.

So either way my family bridges have been burnt and to think all I wanted was a public apology from my cousins mother and his wife.

If You want to read about it here is the link: https://raczyna.pl/renata-chciala-publicznych-przeprosin-od-rodziny It is written in Polish but there is a translator widget you can use.

So even though I am slightly apprehensive I will wait it out and if the local authorities try to demand I release the domains to them as I have documented evidence that I did try to contact them a while ago to see if they had any objections or if they were interested in acquiring it from me.

Towns don’t have trademarks on their names so trademark law does not apply. Anything with a geographical origin cannot be used as a trademark. But once you include some additional letters or text then it is whole new ball game and these type of domains can be trademarked.

Hence “Cardiff” cannot be trademarked but “Cardiff Pizza” can.

The only time things could go belly up is if the domain damages the reputation of a specific town or village then the domain owner may be held liable for this damage, which will result in a legal complaint and that could result in you losing the domain name.

Obviously I have not said anything derogatory about the village, just about some of the people in it.

My main focus is to advertise hemp cultivation and CBD production. Even if I lost both these domain names which are merely pointing to my blog they cannot take my blog down and I will have plan B as I have acquired the following domain names which I would put in its place I am merely taking advantage of the fact how much traffic I can generate at this present moment in time:

www.polandmonthly.com

www.konopiepoland.com

www.cannabidiolpoland.com

So the only time I think it may be a problem is if:

The intended use for the website is illegal and detrimental to your town. (Which it is not).

If the domain is readily available to register then there should not be a problem unless it has been registered and is deemed as cybersquatting in exchange for a ransom monetary demand.

The domain is available for registration (if you can go through with the registration it means that it hasn’t been listed as reserved, registries have lists of domains not available to the public which sometimes include geographical locations), I beg to differ on this as when I first started out many years ago I got a ticking off even though it was not a geographical location for having guccishoes.wales in which Gucci demanded I surrender the domain name. This was many years ago may I add and have since learnt what you can and cannot register.

All I can say is whatever will be will be….

Just remember do not just buy a domain name and sit on it. Develop it to create traffic which will make your domain name more valuable and if you can offer a product or service you are in theory creating equity.

NEOM Domain Names.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman – NEOM -Saudi Arabia.

A while ago I read an article in a newsletter I am subscribed to about Saudi Aramco which is majority-owned by Saudi Royal Family who tried to take a dead man’s domain name.

The company in question was ‘Saudi Aramco’ and the Domain was Orizon.com. The domain at present does not point anywhere and is a dead link to “the site cannot be reached”.

The domain was originally registered in 1997 by Orizon Multimedia Inc. The owner of the company used the domain for his business and later shut it down. The owner then passed away last year.

So Saudi Aramco which happens to be owned by The Saudi Royal Family and is a state-owned oil giant that reached a record-high valuation of $2 trillion after going public in December 2019, meaning it has outside public shareholders but the Royal Family have the highest stakes, decided to file a cybersquatting complaint under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) to try to get the domain.

Now from reading more about NEOM which is a planned futuristic city on the coast of Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea owned by the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, I decided that there could be a sovereignty issue, going by how they acquired orizon.com.

I decided that although I would still support my NEOM Domain Sellers, I personally would drop all my NEOM related domain names for one simple reason and that is ‘Sovereignty’ if the Saudi Royal Family want full control to include digital assets all they have to do is just insist on taking them, after all these domain names have been registered after NEOM City came to light.

I wrote a while back about Iceland the country suing Iceland UK’s grocery store for having the .co.uk counterpart of the dot com. So reading that Saudi Aramco was given Orizon.com as a gesture of goodwill makes me think that who ever was on the board should have stuck to their guns and compensated the family of the deceased man but that did not happen, which I think is unfair.

Now I have had interactions with the Royal Family in the past and I have reached out to them directly and have had no response back relating to the domain names. Which tells me they have no intention of buying them and when the time is right they will most probably just acquire them in what ever means they can.

So my gut feeling is they know that they could have these domain names if they so wished, hence they are not interacting until the time is right.

Further reading has highlighted there are problems with the NEOM project.

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/saudi-crown-princes-500bn-city-of-the-future-in-crisis-kmg9mqznp

https://menarights.org/en/caseprofile/abdul-rahim-al-huwaiti-executed-saudi-special-forces-protesting-forced-eviction

In my own professional opinion, the powers that be who have their own advisers could have taken the decision to hand register all the domains to secure global positioning before all the domains got out of hand when they first went to build on the project and made it public.

But instead, this has not happened and if looking at the footage of bricks and mortar real estate and what happened to Abdul Rahim Al Huwaiti is anything to go by, what hope is there for NEOM digital assets?, I shudder to think.

The advisors are to blame for not managing the digital properties properly as when you build anything to do with the business you have to secure your brand including digital assets.

So if anything the marketing advisers are at fault for not securing these domains when they had a chance.

Now it is going to cost them an arm and a leg (no pun intended) to start a UDRP and get the domain names back. Legal fees are (between $1500 & $4000 1-5 domain names).

So if each domain was settled out of UDRP through my services at a cost of $1200 with $1000 going to the domain owner and $200 per 1 -5 domain acquisitions there would be a saving of between $200 and $2800. Or in the case of 6 -10 domains, the cost would be $1500 with $1200 going to the domain owner and $300 as part of my services, which would be a total saving of between £500 & $3, 500. I am confident that the domain owners would much prefer to settle rather than pay to defend themselves. Either way, it is a very uncertain situation and we will have to see how this pans out.

WIPO FEES.

https://www.wipo.int/amc/en/domains/guide/#i

Therefore what it will cost them to go through a Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy the Domain Name Consultants for NEOM, they might as well pay the domainers a fraction of the cost of a UDRP and avoid all the time and money dragging it through courts.

I am now available for Domain Acquisitions Service and will help acquire the domain names for a fee and would hope that all NEOM Domain Investors are compensated some monetary value as a gesture of goodwill.

I am now personally concentrating closer to home and supporting local businesses and one day hope to visit Neom when it’s built.

We all need to work together not against one another. By offering gestures of goodwill to compensate for people’s troubles, you too will also be rewarded by God.

Neom Domain Names

Neom City Project Underway.

If you don’t already know what Neom is, it is a futuristic city that is being built in the Gulf. Go to www.neom.com to their default site, to read more about it.

If you have any Neom-related domain names please do not hesitate to contact us so that you can list them on your behalf and eventually add them to our business directory.

Our latest Neom & Gulf Domain Names listed are as follows:

www.WelcomeToSaudi2030.com
www.WelcomeToVision2030.com
www.InvestSaudiVision2030.com
www.InvestSaudi2030.com
www.InvestSaudiVision.com
www.InvestVision2030.com
www.WelcomeAmaala.com
www.InvestAmaala.com
www.AmaalaDr.com
www.AmaalaPort.com
www.AmaalaGym.com
www.AmaalaSeason.com
www.WelcomeToQiddiya.com
www.WelcomeQiddiya.com
www.InvestQiddiya.com
www.QiddiyaF1.com
www.F1Qiddiya.com
www.QiddiyaBooking.com
www.QiddiyaSeason.com
www.DiscoverDiriyah.com
www.WelcomeToDiriyah.com
www.WelcomeDiriyah.com
www.DiriyahBooking.com
www.InvestDiriyah.com
www.InvestAlula.com
www.WelcomeToAlula.com
www.WelcomeAlula.com
www.AlulaBooking.com
www.AlulaSeason.com
www.WelcometoJeddah.com
www.WelcomeJeddah.com
www.JeddahBooking.com
www.WelcomeToRiyadh.com
www.WelcomeRiyadh.com
www.RiyadhBooking.com
www.Neom.onl
www.Neom.co.com
www.InvestNeom.org
www.VisitNeom.org
www.WelcomeNeom.com
www.InvestNeomBay.com
www.Thisisneom.com
www.InfoNeomBay.com
www.Neom-Bay.org
www.NeomTriplebay.com
www.NeomMarinabay.com
www.NeomPorts.com
www.NeomSeaPort.com
www.NeomGlowbeach.com
www.NeomSilverbeach.com
www.NeomSeaview.com
www.NeomTechcity.com
www.NeomEcocity.com
www.NeomEco.com
www.NeomFreezones.com
www.NeomEcommerce.com
www.NeomePay.com
www.NeomXchange.com
www.NeombayExpo.com
www.NeomB2B.com
www.BankOfNeomBay.com
www.NeomAdverts.com
www.NeomMineral.com
www.NeomTelecommunication.com
www.NeomUtility.com
www.neomMunicipality.com
www.NeomLifi.com
www.NeomGyms.com
www.TheNeomGym.com
www.WorldcupNeom.com
www.NeomOlympic.com
www.CasinosNeom.com
www.NeomKazynu.com
www.NiyumCasino.com
www.NeomAirtaxi.com
www.NeomFlyingCar.com
www.NeomElectricCar.com
www.NeombayDoctor.com
www.NeombayDr.com
www.SalaamNeom.com
www.BismillahNeom.com
www.HabibiNeom.com
www.NeomHabibi.com
www.NeomArabian.com
www.HelpNeom.com
www.NeomVet.com
www.Neom123.com
www.123Neom.com
www.Neom888.com
www.Neom666.com
www.EsportSaudi.com
www.SaudiLifi.com
www.ArabRichKids.com

Dubai
www.DubaiPharmaceutical.com
www.4irDubai.com
www.UaeSpaceTourism.com
www.UaeSpaceExploration.com
www.UaeSpaceMission.com
www.UaeSpaceProgramme.com
www.UaePrivateJet.com

Qatar
www.QatarPharmaceutical.com
www.VisitLusail.com ( Qatar World cupcity)
www.Emaarcafe.com

Reverse Name Highjacking

***Reverse Highjacking of a domain name

Reverse Highjacking is something some entites will do in order to force the owner to give up their domain name for free.

The argument here is if the name was available from day dot then the entity should have registered it as soon as it was possible even reserving and putting limitations on people trying to register a domain as in the cases of domain extensions such as dot eu whereby one has to be a resident of the eu to own the domain or in the case of Arab Emirates dot ae. I have never heard any cases of a country/city/town making claim to a two or three word domain other than:

www.visitqatar.com

As one person commented on the post, the entity should have acquired a list of domain names for limitation in order from this happening, so that the registrant would have been prevented to register a trademark let alone a domain name.

The registrars should stop selling domain names that have legal implications and limitations unless the registrant can prove without reasonable doubt that he/she has rights to owning that domain.

***In the case of ‘Neom’ names, I have attemped to reach out to neom.com both of their social media platform and sending an email and so far I have not had a reply. This is starting to look very uncertain and someone needs to address this. In this day and age one has to show transparency. Obviously I want to protect my clients and have their best interests at heart.

Facebook Message…..

As far as I am concerned there are only two options.

  1. Let anyone and everyone register two and three word domain names with the word ‘Neom’ in it, without any repercussions.
  2. The entity acquires a list of keyword domain names and put limitations on the words.

***Our business model offers website design, marketing and advertising we simply do not offer domain names for sale without a business plan. We also have a list of keyword domain names, some are registered some are not.

***Anyone who has further information on this needs to contact us at hello@cymrumarketing.com

Neom Domain Names

Neom City

Saudia Arabia’s Futuristic City is being built.

This is a great opportunity for startups to claim their domain names in time for the opening of this magnificent project. The first phase of construction of the $500bn futuristic cities has been built with the second phase to be announced by the end of this year.

The first phase of the giant project covered economic planning and strategy, funding, and the roadmap of the development, whilst phase two will announce detailed plans for Neom’s 16 economic sectors and regions, which are planned to be completed by the end of the year.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman announced in 2017 that the project would be built on the Red Sea coast, which comprises a 26,500km² area in the far north-west of Saudi Arabia.

Neom aims to be the largest global model in every sector focusing on advanced spheres and technologies powered by robots and generated solely by solar and wind energy.

The name is short for the Latin-Arabic term Neo-Mustaqbal, which means “new future”.

Neom Domains For Sale:

www.b2bneom.com (reserved)
www.neommonthly.com (reserved)
www.neomwebsitedesigners.com (reserved)
www.neomdomainbrokers.com (reserved)
www.neomluxuryhomes.com (reserved)
www.neomtheatre.com (reserved)
www.neomluxuryliving.com (reserved)
www.neomcitytaxi.com (reserved)
www.neomjobcenter.com (reserved)
www.neomfineart.com (reserved)
www.neomairporttaxi.com (reserved)
www.neombayrealtors.com (reserved)
www.investmentsneom.com (reserved)
www.neomcitydomains.com (reserved)
www.neomorthodontists.com (reserved)
www.neomcityinvestments.com (reserved)
www.neomsedans.com (reserved)
www.neomwatertoys.com (reserved)
www.neomairportparking.com (reserved)
www.neomwakeboarding.com (reserved)
www.neomsme.com (reserved)


Please email us to make an offer.

New Neom Domains Listed Today!

Neom City Saudia Arabia

More Neom domains are listed today and one other….

www.neombaydoctor.com (reserved)
www.neombaydr.com (reserved)
www.helpneom.com (reserved)
www.habibineom.com (reserved)
www.neombayexpo.com (reserved)
www.Neomtelecommunication.com (reserved)
www.neomarabian.com (reserved)
www.neomecommerce.com (reserved)
www.neomepay.com (reserved)
www.neomvet.com (reserved)
www.neomgyms.com (reserved)

Neom City Domain Names

The word Neom is a Name of a planned cross-border city in the Tabuk Province of northwestern Saudi Arabia. It is planned to incorporate smart city technologies and also function as a tourist destination. The site is near the Red Sea and the borders that Saudi Arabia shares with Egypt and Jordan. With this said I have the following Neom related domain names for sale:

www.wwwneom.com
www.neomseaview.com
www.www.salaamneom.com
www.neomadverts.com
www.welcomeneom.com
www.investneombay.com
www.bankofneombay.com
www.neomports.com
www.infoneombay.com
www.neom-bay.org
www.investneom.org
www.neommarinabay.com
www.neomseaport.com
www.neommineral.com
www.Thisisneom.com
www.neomecocity.com
www.neomeco.com
www.neomfreezones.com
www.Visitneom.org
www.discoverneombay.com
www.Emaarcafe.com
www.neommarinabay.com
www.neomxchange.com
www.neomutility.com
www.bismillahneom.com
www.neommunicipality.com
www.neomairtaxi.com
www.neom888.com
www.neom666.com
www.neomtriplebay.com

Newly listed CN. com’s for sale:

www.cnhttrader.com
www.Cnhttrading.com
www.cnhtbroker.com
www.cnhtmarkets.com
www.Cnhtexchange.org

#neomcity #neomcitydomainnames #neomdomainnames

Sovereign Country Name Domain Names

Country Domain Names

Sovereign Country Domain Names.

I was having a conversation with my solicitor a while back and we were talking about branding and how you should not brand your business as a country name. Moving forward to today I had a request to help sell a country name and basically, you cannot register country names with the view of branding them without getting yourself into hot water. Here is a scenario a British well-known PLC company Iceland.co.uk branded itself as a Business selling Frozen Food.

Iceland Foods Ltd is a British supermarket chain headquartered in Wales, with an emphasis on the sale of frozen foods, including prepared meals and vegetables. They also sell non-frozen grocery items such as produce, meat, dairy, and dry goods. The company has an approximate 2.2% share of the UK food market. CEO: Malcolm Walker (Feb 2005–) Founder: Malcolm WalkerFounded: 1970Number of locations: 800Parent organization: Brait

However, they have got themselves into a bit of a pickle as Iceland Government is attempting to sue them. Please read the following link: https://www.compumark.com/blog/getting-right-happens-brand-name-country/

So the moral of the story, although country domain names have been bought and sold before, it’s only a matter of time before the Government of that country may turn around and sue. https://namebio.com/?s==kTN1MzM4IjM Do you want to face legal action for not being original.

The Icelandic government has confirmed it is considering launching a lawsuit against British supermarket Iceland over its name. It has taken 46 years for Iceland to contemplate filing a lawsuit against the trademark ‘Iceland’ according to Iceland’s ministry of foreign affairs. This would mean a “cancellation action” against the supermarket’s Europe-wide trademark registration for the name Iceland.

Promote Iceland, a marketing agency linked to the Icelandic foreign ministry, said it has no intention of forcing Iceland Foods to give up its brand but wants to make sure Iceland the brand does not stop other companies also calling themselves ‘Iceland’ across the UK & EU. (I can already see an argument as a trademark can argue that if another company sets themselves up in the EU, for instance, selling Iceland Foods that they could have a staked claim towards that company) Is it me or can I see a future UDRP? Your comments are welcome….. Managing Director Jon Asbergsson of Promote Iceland’ Marketing Agency said “We are looking for a ‘live and let live’ outcome”.

The way I see this is the word ‘Iceland’ can be interpreted as ‘Ice Land’ which can be argued. Furthermore, if the brand is helping the economy and is in no way affiliated with Iceland the Country and it has been trading since 1970, why take 46 years to sue the trademark owner? As long as the sovereign state secures the dot com for its country then the other domain extensions could be used for other purposes.

The government said the supermarket chain has launched and won “multiple cases” against Icelandic companies for using the word, “even in cases when the products and services were not competitors.

According to the Icelandic Government. a decision about legal proceeding with this claim will only be made after a full evaluation of the interests of Icelandic businesses and their people.

The spokesman for ‘Iceland’ the brand said “We have also traded as Iceland for many years in other EU countries, and in non-EU countries, including Iceland itself. We are not aware that our use of the Iceland name has ever caused any confusion with Iceland the country.”

The relationship between the supermarket and the Nordic nation is by far a very frosty one.

To read the full article please follow this link: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/sep/23/cold-war-iceland-the-country-may-sue-iceland-the-chain-over-name

In relation to other country names I personally would steer well clear of them unless you were branding yourself like www.ukwebsitedesigners.co.uk or www.ukdomainbrokers.com or www.cymrumarketing.com Can you see where I am going with this and that I have not just used the Country ‘Cymru’ or ‘UK’ alone but instead used a combination of words.

Stay Safe People!

More news coming in on the same topic of ‘Sovereign Immunity’ date 29/08/19 or for the US readers 08/29/19. A chap by the name of Jean-Noël Frydman, who registered France.com in 1994 was sued by the French Government and he lost his domain. It stands to reason you do not hold a country name hostage. You cannot register a sovereign name unless you like the publicity. You can read more about it here: https://domainnamewire.com/2019/08/29/court-rejects-frances-appeal-in-france-com-case/

I do have one question, why did it take so long for it to come to court? Ummm……

#sovereigndomains #sovereigndomainnames #sovereignnames #trademarkeddomains #trademarkeddomainnames #trademarks #udrp

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